The PR material for the film “X” indicated it was an erotic thriller. Yes on the face there is an appearance of sanitized eroticism but the film is in my opinion more about the fall from grace of a formerly bullied teenager who has risen to her royal highness of private Californian orgies.
Christian (Hope Raymond) is a self admitted 26-year-old pervert, known as “X”, who along with her partner Danny hosts masked orgies in a secluded seaside Californian home. Christian works ostensibly for “The Foundation” a charitable endeavour of some unknown sort. But she uses The Foundation’s home for masked orgies that turn out to be a profitable business.
Christian is a lesbian but more often asexual and prefers getting off watching her guests pee and poop in the bathroom. You see she has a secret camera with a video clip in the bathroom which she records during her orgies. To her guests she proclaims you are now in a world free of shame and no fantasy is obscene.
Like a Shakespearean play the film is set to five acts and there are many references to a royal court of old.
In Act One “Kingdom” we get the lay of the land where there is strict secrecy and security. No names are to be used but rather numbers stamped on the neck of each guest. You have from 12 p.m. to 12:15 to leave but then the doors are shut and no one may come in or exit and the games begin and end at 3 a.m. In Act One we meet Stella-Marie who Christian has memories of her being bullied at high school by Stella-Marie and possibly knowing that Christian had snuck into the boy’s bathroom using her phone to film some boy at the urinal.
In Act Two “The King” we see Christian ruling the roost making sure everything is on track. And the camera keeps on rolling. Christian says that you are only who you really are when no one is watching. Christian uses the bathroom scenes to stoke her sexual fantasies.
In Act Three “The King” the perverse party continues and we get a chance to meet Danny who is Christian’s partner. A man with a good head on his shoulders increasingly frustrated with Christian’s obsession with security.
In Act Four “The Knave” someone has removed the recording disc from the camera in the bathroom. Jackson, Christian’s long-time friend, admits to her he has done something very bad at the party which I think involved raping Danny in the bathroom during one of the orgies and he admits to taking the recording clip and destroying it and wouldn’t you know it Jackson has leaked the tape or parts of it and Christian and many of her guests are exposed.
This leads to Act V “The Maelstrom” where Christian assembles her guests and admits to the camera, apologizes for the “bad publicity” but naively suggests the orgies continue with camera and all. This causes an uproar and Christian is driven out of the house. The film ends with Stella-Marie and Christian about to have a serious lesbian role in the hay but Christian can’t go on with it and Stella says “You’re on your own now. It’s your cross to bear”.
Christian has a very poor self image occasionally insulting herself and one wonders if the bullying ever took place at all at her high school. She appears distant and wholly superficial and it is hard to identify her as a human being. Whatever the psychiatric term is she is detached from reality.
As the filmmakers write, “The great irony of our story is that the main character, Christian, has created this world for her guests where no fantasy is too obscene, while secretly her sexual shame causes her desires to manifest them selves in a predatory fashion.”
This is not a titillating story but one of perversion and selfishness. Poetic justice is served at the end.
The filmmaker is Scott J. Ramsey,
You can catch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkSd69ADt6E&feature=youtu.be
It will be released digitally on all major digital platforms including Amazon, Google Play and VUDU and on DVD on February 9th .